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What Height for the Last Mowing before Winter?

November 13, 2015

I get this “last mowing of the year” question around this time especially in areas of the country that get snow.   Some folks say:  “Take it down lower.”  Others say:  “Leave it long.”

My answer:  Continue mowing your grass until it stops growing at the recommended mowing height that you have been using all season.  For northern grasses like bluegrass, ryegrass and fescue this is 2-1/2 inches to 3 inches after the cut.  If you have been mowing 3 inches or taller, you could drop your mower a notch, however do not scalp your lawn for the final mowing of the year.

If you have only fed your lawn once this fall, you still have a chance to really boost your lawn’s root system with a feeding of Scotts Turf Builder WinterGuard Fall Lawn Food this month.

I mow my Tall Fescue/Ky Bluegrass lawn at around 3 inches (after the cut)

I mow my Tall Fescue/Ky Bluegrass lawn at around 3 inches (after the cut)

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